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May 6, 2011

Shorties (Monotonix, Stewart O'Nan, and more)

Tablet profiles Monotonix.

There are two things you need to know about Monotonix. The first is that they're a truly, profoundly great rock 'n' roll band, the sort of monstrous outfit you rarely see anywhere in the limp skyline of contemporary music, where rock 'n' roll bands now include husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, xylophones and glockenspiels. The second thing that you need to know about Monotonix is that because they’re such a truly, profoundly great rock 'n' roll band, they'll probably never, ever make it big.

Stewart O'Nan talks to Fresh Air about his new novel, Emily, Alone.

Jezebel applies The Bechdel Test to classic literature.

The Irish Times profiles Sufjan Stevens.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Death Cab for Cutie's Plans album.

3:AM Magazine interviews author David Shields.

RCRD DEALS is a new website offering limited time deals on exclusive music packages.

This Recording profiles the best bookstores in New York City.

Comics Alliance picks 10 of the best, worst, and weirdest comics available tomorrow on Free Comic Book Day.

The Lovecraftsman is a blog dedicated to the work of author H.P. Lovecraft.

The Guardian profiles Wild Beasts.

The Mercury nomination ensured Wild Beasts' idiosyncratic world – meshing theatrical art-rock with highly literate musings on love and erotica, sung by countertenor Thorpe in a jaw-dropping falsetto – is no longer a domain known only to a small clutch.

Pat Conroy talks to Talk of the Nation about Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind.

At the Guardian, Woody Allen lists his top five books.

Fishboy explains its new album, Classic Creeps with an online comic.

The Millions reviews two films with literary connections, Everything Must Go (based on a Raymond Carver short story) and the documentary Love Always, Carolyn (about Carolyn Cassady, wife of Neal Cassady and lover of Jack Kerouac).

Stream the Cars' new album, Move Like This.

GalleyCat rounds up the top 10 lists of literary gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Under the Radar has launched an auction of autographed music memorabilia to benefit Japanese earthquake relief.

Fictionaut interviews author Alan Heathcock.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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